Jackiw finally gets his Mozart in on a stormy night at Grant Park

Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Stefan Jackiw
Stefan Jackiw performed Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 at the Grant Park Music Festival Wednesday night.

Stefan Jackiw can’t catch a break in Chicago.

Last year the American violinist was due to make his Grant Park Music Festival debut on opening night, but the concert got cancelled due to inclement weather.

On Wednesday night, Jackiw was back at the Pritzker Pavilion to try once more to perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 with conductor Carlos Kalmar and the Grant Park Orchestra. With the sudden storm that whipped up just minutes before concert time, it looked like the same thing would happen again as officials cleared the park due to the torrential rain, thunder and lightning.

With a reshuffled order, the concert began 45 minutes late with Jackiw managing to perform all of Mozart’s “Turkish” concerto with Kalmar and the orchestra.

After the Mozart, Kalmar began the scheduled performance of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 3. But with the weather beginning to worsen again, festival officials called the concert off for good a few minutes into the first movement.

The next scheduled Grant Park Music Festival concert will offer Handel’s Water Music (Hamilton Hardy arrangement), von Weber’s Jubel Overture and Sir Edward Elgar’s Symphony No. 1. Concert times are 6:30 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Saurday at the Pritzker Pavilion. gpmf.org

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